Our Beauty Lab analyzed glosses, liners, fragrances, blushes, volumizers, and more. Here's the really good stuff, worth every pretty penny. Buy these, and be gorgeous!
It looks dark, but this lipstick "goes on like tinted balm" and feels "buttery," the Beauty Lab reports.
Lipstick Queen Bête Noire in Possessed Sheer, $40,
The "very pigmented" cream formula "spreads well and stays put."
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (here in Cherry Skies), $7,
This "blendable" crayon "goes on nicely" for a matte finish with a fresh mint scent.
Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint (in Tempted), $24,
For color that "stays on throughout the day," line and fill in lips, then top with clear balm.
MAC Cosmetics Vamplify Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (shown in Ms. Diva), $20,
Part lipstick, part balm, it imparts subtle color and softens with shea.
Seal holder Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick (here in Rich Raisin), $9,
"Rich," "satin-finish" lipstick that "looks natural rubbed in with a finger," says the Beauty Lab.
Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color (shown in Blackberry), $17,
Full-coverage lipstick with a soft texture that is "not drying."
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color (in Crimson), $26,
Create a true smoky look with this "absolutely beautiful" Lab-favorite quad.
Lilah B. Palette Perfection (shown in B.Fabulous), $58,
Our Lab "loved the twist-up applicator" of this "silky" cream stick (no sharpening!).
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Crayon (here in Velvet Truffle), $10,
Finally, a pencil eyeliner that goes on "very creamy," giving "nice color."
Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen (in SlateGrey), $12,
Dust on one layer of this soft shadow for a hazy effect, or build up to two for a deeper look.
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow (shown in Steel), $24,
Slightly sparkly, this brightens eyes when worn on lashlines.
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil, $7,
A "smooth" texture lets you line eyes or shade lids fast.
Estée Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick, $22,
The sheer powder hues diffuse out for a subtle finish.
Mary Kay Eye Palette (in City Sophisticate), $24,
"High-shimmer," yet "velvety" and "blends well," the Lab says.
Givenchy Palette Metallic Reflection, $60,
Like stepping into a cozy library: the scent of soft suede and rare oud wood.
Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir Cologne Absolue, $130,
Rich patchouli and warm musk, plus a hint of soft jasmine.
Philosophy Live Joyously Eau de Parfum, $56,
Sugary vanilla and praline spiked with heady incense.
Lancôme La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum, $80,
Juicy plum and raspberry softened by powdery violet and sandalwood.
Avon Rare Amethyst Eau de Parfum Spray, $23,
Coconut water, sea spray, and light woods evoke a shore sunset.
Near Dusk Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum, $55,
A stroll in a faraway spice market, bottled.
The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Eau de Toilette, $15, thebodyshop-usa .com
Just-picked gardenia, rounded out by musk.
Marc Jacobs Mod Noir Eau de Parfum, $90,
The iconic oriental Opium, modernized with orange blossom and patchouli.
YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum, $115,
An exotic fusion of bitter orange, ginger, and amber.
Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, $165,
Share this sexy blend of sandalwood, incense, and patchouli with your guy.
Sisley Soir d'Orient Eau de Parfum, $278,
Ladylike white floral (jasmine), fruity (pear), and warm (amber) notes.
Michael Kors White Luminous Gold Eau de Parfum, $100,
Earthy vetiver and cedar with a splash of gardenia.
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum, $113,
Lighten up with crisp flowers and fruits like angelica and bergamot.
Mary Kay Cityscape Eau de Parfum, $50,
A bright bouquet of lily of the valley, iris and rose.
Cherished Fragrance by Flower, $25,
"Clean-looking," "uniform" coverage that "dries quickly," the Beauty Lab reports.
Essie (shown in Worth the Wait), $9,
Our Lab "loved" the shade, shine, and "hint of color."
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel (here in Perfect Pair), $8,
A "true blush" with "nice shine," its color actually "matched the bottle" on nails.
Dolce&Gabbana Nail Lacquer (in Petal), $26, Saks Fifth Avenue
The glossy finish lasts up to a week, no top coat needed!
Seal holder CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss (shown in Speed of Light), $5,
Mimic a pro mani with built-in base and top coats plus an easy-to-use wide brush.
Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen (here in Concrete Jungle), $8,
A shot of iridescence lends a luxurious, flattering cast.
Jin Soon Nail Lacquer (shown in Cantata), $18,
Give limp strands life and movement with this spray, which has a "dry, silky feel" and "soft hold."
Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finish Spray, $4,
"Easily slides through hair," making waves "soft" and "lasting."
Tresemmé Runway Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream, $7,
This cream/serum hybrid smooths and silkens, leaving curls "touchable," the Beauty Lab reports.
Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum, $6,
This hair powder boosts updos with "impressive lift and grip," the Lab says.
Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultîme Biotin+ Volume & Texture Magic Volume Powder, $7,
Spritz this light caffeine and panthenol mist on roots, then massage in for fast fullness.
Hair Food Thickening Hair Treatment, $12, Target
Plump strands by applying this vitamin B3 treatment daily.
Head & Shoulders Full & Strong Advanced Thickening Treatment, $13,
The chamomile water cleanses skin "effortlessly, without tugging."
Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water, $7,
This facial water was tops with the Lab for getting rid of makeup.
Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution, $17,
Our Beauty Director's pick for its lavender-and-rose essential oil aroma and softening feel.
Yon-Ka Paris Eau Micellaire, $42,
One Lab scientist replaced her face wash with this "no-residue" water.
La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, $21,
With spa-like neroli (bitter orange) oil, this water "refreshed" testers' faces.
Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water, $40,
A clear wax pencil that gives "good hold" for even "curly, unruly, and coarse brows."
Essence Eyebrow Fi Pencil, $2,
The applicator brush dispenses tinted gel for "effortless taming" and "perfect color."
Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel, $29,
Get a "natural look" with this "easy-to-maneuver" sponge-tip powder. (Try as eyeliner, too!)
CoverGirl Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner by LashBlast, $12,
The Lab loved the "thicker consistency" of this filler, which "grabs hair, not skin."
Clinique Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse, $16,
Brush on bigger brows with this tint in a mascaralike wand. It "stayed on" and "made brows seem thicker."
L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper, $9,
Dab a tiny dot on bare brows to shape and add healthy shine.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Mini Jar (a Seal holder!), $2,
"The most glow, even through foundation, but without sparkle or greasiness," says the Beauty Lab. "Love it!"
Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer SPF 15, $30,
Glide this shimmer cream stick (in hues for fair, medium, and deep skin tones) on tops of cheeks, up to temples — it "blends well" for a believable luminosity.
Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby, $10,
"The perfect pearly highlighter," this cream wand is "easy to apply."
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand, $28,
Use the cult classic balm on your face, too! Blend a tiny dab on cheekbones for makeup-free dewiness.
Vaseline Lip Therapy Original (a Seal holder!), $2,
Energize skin in seconds by rubbing in this light balm, which imparts a fresh, "subtle" pinkness.
Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm, $13,
This lotion's faint pearlescence imparts a flattering "sheen," "evening out" skin.
Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, $38,
Skin gets a "dewy, warm effect" from this buildable, medium-coverage liquid base.
Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation, $38,
"Good, light-feeling coverage" with a "sunny look and a touch of glow," the Lab says.
Guerlain Baby Glow Light-Revealing Sheer Foundation SPF 25, $54,
"Perk up" eyes fast with a slick of this liquid eye gloss with "beautiful shimmer."
Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint (here in Rose Ashes), $38,
The "rich color with barely noticeable shimmer," great for dark skin, "blends well."
Iman Luxury Blushing Powder (shown in Sunlit Copper), $11,
This powder gives a "subtle flush" that "doesn't compete with your other makeup."
MAC Cosmetics Sculpting Powder/Shaping Powder (here in Warm Light), $22,
Don't be deterred by the sparkle: This liquid blush imparts "natural-looking, earthy color."
Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer (shown in No. 18), $62,
"Easy to work into skin" and "impossible to overdo," this cream stick gives your face a "sunny boost."
Beautycounter Color Pinch Cream Blusher (in Caramel), $34,
A cream/powder with multiple tones to flatter all skin shades.
Mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette (shown in Coral Glow), $16,
This story originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of GolfHr.